Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has challenged young striker Ben Brereton to make a real impact in his starting XI next season.
The 20-year-old frontman opened his goalscoring account for the club in their 2-0 victory over neighbours Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park this afternoon.
It has been a frustrating few months for the youngster with the player having been made to bide his time for first team opportunities, however, Rovers boss Mowbray would like to see Brereton push for a regular starting place next season.
“I think he (Brereton) is enjoying his time here” Mowbray told The72 after watching his side beat Bolton Wanderers. “I’ve certainly seen Graham and Dack warm to him.
“He’s a young boy. If you think of Armstrong being a young boy this guy is two years younger.
“He’s a wonderful footballer, that’s why he is here and that’s why we have invested the money.
“He is a star of tomorrow and by tomorrow I mean next season.
“He has to be pushing hard for a starting place in our team.
“Hopefully, he has a great pre-season then he is a star for us next season.”
Brereton played the full 90 minutes against Bolton Wanderers and was a real handful for the opposition defenders. It was the youngster’s first start for Rovers for over two months and the player certainly put down a marker which has given his manager plenty to think about.
Prior to this afternoon’s appearance, just five of Brereton’s 26 outings for Rovers have been from the start of matches and the player will be keen to have more opportunity to prove his hefty price tag next season.